Now you see, you have pods, which contain containers. They can also have initialisation containers that run before the actual containers, but then they go away, unless they fail. The pods are part of a deployment, or a statefulset, or maybe both? And there are services that manage the pods, and they have their own different types, but deleting a service does nothing, and deleting a pod only does something briefly before it comes back again. You need to delete the deployment or the statefulset if you want a pod to go away. Not the pod.